I encounter many people who ask me what it’s like to hike through different places. I have hiked in many different areas in the U.S and partly abroad. It’s an interesting question because hiking is something that I have been doing for the most years of my life, and my passion for the outdoors has only grown stronger with time.
My love of hiking began when I was a teenager. I would spend hours exploring the woods near my house and loved discovering new routes through the trees. As I grew older, my hikes became longer and more challenging especially being a woman and having responsibilities to carry out.
Being a 32 years old now, spending my better time taking hikes has taught me many important life lessons. Such as:
1. You’re never too old to start again.
I started hiking when I was 15 years old but stopped for about ten years before taking it up again at 28 years old. It wasn’t easy getting back into it, but once you do, it feels amazing! I stopped because I had a knee injury that prevented me from hiking properly for a while.
That didn’t stop me from getting back into hiking when my knee recovered, though! The sense of adventure and excitement that accompanies every hike, no matter how long or short it may be, has stayed with me throughout all these years. Whether you are hiking for the first time or if you’ve been doing it for years like me, don’t let your age stop you from trying something new!
I have learned patience from hiking because many obstacles come our way when we are hiking, but we need to take it easy and not rush things up because we will never reach our destination if we do so.
Patience is very important here as you need the patience to overcome all the obstacles that come your way when hiking in the mountains or anywhere else, for that matter.
The best example is when a group of hikers is trying to reach their destination, but there is heavy rain or snowfall on the way, and they get stuck somewhere along the way due to these unexpected circumstances; they must not panic or lose hope but instead be patient and wait until the weather clears up so they can continue on their journey safely without any problems whatsoever!
I am more disciplined than ever before in my life. I have learned to be self-disciplined as I hike alone, with only myself and my backpack as a company. Hiking has taught me to be strong and not let my emotions control me. I have learned to set goals for myself and achieve them through hard work.
4. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
It is easy to get discouraged when faced with an obstacle on your hike. But think about it: if an obstacle is too easy, it’s not an obstacle! This applies to everything in life – if something is difficult but not impossible, it is worth doing. The reward of getting past an obstacle will be worth all the effort you put into it.
5. Don’t be afraid of failure
As we grow up, we are taught to believe that failing is the worst thing that could ever happen. But sometimes, we need to fail to learn and grow. I am a person who was afraid of failure and never tried something new because I didn’t want to fail.
But when I started hiking, I learned that failure was a part of life, and no matter what happens in your life, you will always learn something from it. So don’t be afraid to try something new because if it doesn’t work out, then at least you tried!
6. Keep moving on
The other life lesson from hiking is that even when things seem impossible and you feel like giving up, keep going and don’t stop until you reach your goal. Sometimes we just need a little push from someone else or an encouraging word from them to help us move forward again.
What matters most is that we keep moving forward regardless of how hard it may seem because if we stop moving, then our dreams will not come true!
7. A positive attitude can do wonders
One of the most important things people forget when hiking is their positive attitude! A positive attitude can make all the difference between failure and success! It can do wonders for yourself and others around you!
It will help you overcome obstacles along the way while hiking instead of complaining about them, which will only make things worse than they already are. With this attitude, it can make even the worst days seem better!
8. The world is more beautiful than you think it is.
Before I started hiking regularly, I thought that nature was only something that existed in books and movies — something beautiful but far away from my daily life. Now I know better!
Nature is everywhere — even in the big cities where I live — and it can be enjoyed at any time of the year if you look for it (and have good weather!). There were flowers everywhere along the way, birds chirping, and people having picnics in the park!
9. Learn how to listen to your body when exercising or hiking
If you’re new to hiking, you must listen closely to your body to know when it’s time for a break. Take regular breaks during your hike to avoid getting exhausted or sick from overexerting yourself.
It’s not just about physical health but also mental health. When you’re out in nature, you realize that many other things in the world are more important than the things you worry about at home or work.
10. Don’t let people discourage you from doing something because they think it’s too hard for them.
If they don’t want to do something, don’t let them stop you from doing it yourself! There are many different types of outdoor activities: camping, kayaking, and rock climbing are just some examples of things that might intimidate someone who hasn’t tried them before. If someone tells you that what you want is too difficult or dangerous for them, don’t let them stop you from doing what makes you happy!
With that, happy trails!